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This state park has a nice beach that is not too crowded. The natural bridge provides a nice photo... read more

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Tidepools are Currently Closed

This is a nice beach with attractive rock formations, but if you're coming for tidepools, save it... read more

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A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly Preserve, and several hiking trails. There is also a bicycle path around the perimeter of the park.
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6257
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Reviewed yesterday

This state park has a nice beach that is not too crowded. The natural bridge provides a nice photo op. There are areas with picnic tables that are in the shade. Nice place for families.

Thank Shadmonster
Reviewed yesterday

This is a nice beach with attractive rock formations, but if you're coming for tidepools, save it for another time or call ahead, the tidepool area is closed off for visitor safety (as of 8/13). The waves were also very high at this beach -...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We stayed in Santa Cruz but wanted to venture out some where , there weren't so many people. Natural Bridges was wonderful quiet and family friendly. No nonsense going on if you know what I mean. We took a picnic basket and umbrella and had...More

Thank Tami D
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is a great beach with a spectacular rock formation, many signs to learn about the area, picnic areas, enough trails for a couple of hours and all facilities needed.

Thank Marco Tulio A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Natural Bridges State Beach is small and sheltered - good for swimming and surfing. This shelter , though, leads to lots of afternoon wind. Within the park there are nature walks hiking trails and a picnic area. In the fall months, you can take a...More

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views and awesome place to visit! Loved the little park museum, staff was great! Learned a lot there in such a short time! Always nice to see the beach!

Thank Hawaiiwahine808
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At the end of Westcliff Drive is a special spot to enjoy the sunset. It’s located in the vista point parking area on the left, right at the entrance to the park, and it’s free! The closer to the winter solstice the better the sunset...More

Thank TradewindsHD
Reviewed 1 week ago

Park in the main lot and walk short distance to the beach. The beach front was small for the crowd the day we went. Good places to picnic (and BBQ).

Thank Lynn373
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice state park. Parking is close to the beach. The formations along the beach are beautiful. The sandstone cliffs have eroded away to create lots of tidal pools. Lots of cool critters

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful view of the natural bridges. A small beach with wonderful tile pool full of sea stars, crabs, barnacles, clams, etc. Parking is $10.00 to park close to beach access from Swanton/W.Cliff. There were plenty of street parking on Swanton the day we went....More

1  Thank snorggee
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28 March 2016|
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Response from Monica Micah R | Reviewed this property |
Temperatures change in Santa Cruz at the drop of a hat. Mornings are usually chilly and foggy but warm and clear by noon. Check out last year's almanac for rain patterns but July had some very warm/hot days after 1p.m. I... More
22 November 2015|
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Response from bil1026 | Reviewed this property |
I think so & if not, just park on Delaware Ave. & walk in the back entrance for free! No locked gate to the Monarch walkway or beach.
7 October 2015|
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Response from bil1026 | Reviewed this property |
Tides: just go...ogle tides [d o t] info Santa Cruz Butterflies: A few, but not many until after Thanksgiving and the first cold snap. You might still see some humpbacks from the cliffs at the UCSC Marine Discovery Center... More